Johnny Depp Apologizes for Trump Assassination Comments

Johnny Depp Apologizes for Trump Assassination Comments
U.S. actor Johnny Depp waves for fans upon his arrival at the Japan premiere of his film "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales" in Tokyo, Tuesday, June 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

At the Glastonbury music festival in England last night, actor (although he claims otherwise) Johnny Depp said 

I’m not insinuating anything — by the way, this will be in the press and it will be horrible — When was the last time an actor assassinated a president? I want to clarify, I’m not an actor. I lie for a living. However, it’s been a while, and maybe it’s time.

Language like this is always disturbing, but especially so just a week after Republican congressmen were targeted and shot practicing for a bipartisan charity baseball game.

The White House issued a statement saying

President Trump has condemned violence in all forms and its sad that others like Johnny Depp have not followed his lead. I hope that some of Mr. Depp’s colleagues will speak out against this type of rhetoric as strongly as they would if his comments were directed to a democrat elected official.

Although Depp prefaced his statements by saying he knew they would be controversial, he is now apologizing for them.

“I apologize for the bad joke I attempted last night in poor taste about President Trump,” he said. “It did not come out as intended, and I intended no malice. I was only trying to amuse, not to harm anyone.”

An assassination joke with no intended malice? Seems fairly unlikely.

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